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Why American Women are Planning to Delete Period Tracking Apps After Roe vs Wade

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Last Updated: June 25, 2022, 11:57 IST

Women have been taking to Twitter to share that they would be deleting such apps pronto. (Photo: Reuters)

Women have been taking to Twitter to share that they would be deleting such apps pronto. (Photo: Reuters)

After Roe vs Wade overturning, many American women have been taking to Twitter to share that they would be deleting period tracking apps pronto over privacy concerns.

As Roe vs Wade stands overturned, many American women have protested the US Supreme Court ruling, demanding their right to abortion. Now, concerns that their data from period tracking apps could be accessed by the law enforcement are forcing many to have to delete such apps. Women have been taking to Twitter to share that they would be deleting such apps pronto. Experts say that these apprehensions are, in fact, legitimate. As per a report in NPR, privacy experts have expressed similar concerns. Not just period tracking apps, but any app gathering sensitive information should be given “additional level of scrutiny”, an expert told NPR.

As per a Business Insider report, data collected by period tracking apps being shared with law enforcement is unlikely but not impossible, as per a tech policy researcher. According to the expert, those who find such apps genuinely useful should not feel compelled to delete them now. Some such apps have responded to these anxieties. For example, Flo has said that it does not share user data with any third party.

While some states had put in place so-called “trigger” laws to come into force virtually automatically after the decision was handed down. And as of Friday evening, at least seven states had banned the procedure: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, AFP explained in its report. A total of 26 states are expected to comply as soon as is practical, making abortion illegal in most of the South and the Midwest.

In these states, pregnant women must either travel hundreds of miles to an abortion facility or perform abortions on themselves at home using medication or other methods.

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first published:June 25, 2022, 11:56 IST
last updated:June 25, 2022, 11:57 IST